Kannauj/UNI: Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday announced that he will contest the 2024 Lok Sabha election from Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency.
On being asked about Kannauj seat after his wife Dimple Yadav has been fielded from Mainpuri in by-poll, Akhilesh said, "Now I am free, what else will I do? I will contest the election. It is our job to contest elections."
Akhilesh said that he will contest from the same seat from where he contested for the first time.
"I will contest the poll from the place I contested for the first time. Well it is up to the party what is to be done in the elections," he said.
At present, Akhilesh is MLA from Karhal seat in Mainpuri district and is also the Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
It may be noted that Dimple had been elected to the Lok Sabha twice from Kannauj seat. She was defeated by Subrat Pathak of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Dimple is now contesting by-poll for the Mainpuri seat which fell vacant following the demise of SP founder and patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.